Those in Opposition to SOPA/PIPA created videos like this to promote awareness of their position:
Political Contributions of over $1mil to Legislators who
Attorneys & law firms: $28,115,918
Building trades unions: $7,845,079
Pharmaceutical manufacturing: $6,425,593
Cable & satellite TV production & distribution: $4,465,139
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials: $4,241,321
Credit agencies & finance companies: $2,609,712
Civil servant/public employee: $2,319,476
Department, variety & convenience stores: $1,953,502
IBEW (Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers): $1,699,521
Book, newspaper & periodical publishing: $1,604,379
Commercial TV & radio stations: $1,494,575
Tobacco & Tobacco products: $1,471,581
Other non-physician health practitioners: $1,405,197
Teamsters union: $1,388,700
Management consultants & services: $1,369,483
Police & firefighters unions & associations: $1,330,780
Electronics manufacturing & services: $1,169,178
Computers, components & accessories: $1,099,121
Biotech products & research: $1,068,198
Hotels & motels: $1,022,507
Total amounts including contributions
of less than $1mil: $109,962,211
Political Contributions of over $1mil to Legislators
who OPPOSE SOPA/PIPA:
Schools & colleges: $3,403,715
Venture capital: $1,748,342
Banks & lending institutions: $1,429,754
Data processing & computer services: $1,323,585
Environmental policy: $1,046,825
Total amounts including contributions
of less than$1mil: $12,221,765
The internet backlash against PIPA and SOPA has carried strongly into the new year, with suggestions to push back against rightsholders and reduce the power of copyrights showing up regularly.
However, the case against Megaupload and the use of federal warrants to sieze dot-com domains through Verisign has shown that the government is already willing and able to extend its reach to international registrars, regardless of any possible future legislation.
Early in the year, legislation is introduced with strong support from the entertainment industry, labor and retail. These groups end up outspending those in opposition 9 to 1 ($109.9mil to $12.2mil). As the year progresses, those in opposition overwhelmingly feel shut out from the legislature, as they are denied access to initial house judiciary hearings, and streaming of the hearings is denied. Despite a call for compromise with the SOPA-amendment, OPEN, internet activist from sites like Reddit, start calling for an internet protest against those who support SOPA, such as GoDaddy.com. The internet activism culminates on Jan 18th with a protest of an internet blackout, with strong support from the tech industry, influencing 70 legislators to switch from support to opposition of SOPA/PIPA.
Nov. 3: The Council of Better Business Bureaus join the list of organizations supporting SOPA/PIPA.
Nov. 18: The European Parliment adopt a resolution to criticize SOPA and they stressed "the need to protect the integrity of the global Internet and freedom of communication by refraining from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names." - the resolution however, is not forwarded to the European Commisison summit on Nov. 28, which hold leaders of US Congress.
Efforts to increase the strength and reach of digital copyright law continued throughout the decade. Little success was had until it was considered in tandem with physical product IP and counterfeiting protection, as in the cases of ACTA and COICA. Meanwhile, business models were transformed heavily with the rise of iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, digital radio, and others.
The rise of the internet and especially the web had a tremendous impact on intellectual property matters. Napster demonstrated the tremedous efficiency the internet provided in illegally obtaining and sharing copyrighted material. Prior efforts at piracy had always had to deal with physical limitations, which impeded their efficiency.
The DMCA was implemented to give rightsholders better means to combat infringement. For privacy advocates, it went too far; for rightsholders, it didn't go far enough. Much of today's legislation related to intellectual property and copyright seeks to further expand the capabilities rightsholders have to combat piracy.
The DMCA made it illegal not just to duplicate a copyrighted work, but illegal to interfere with any copy protection software/DRM that the work has. (This lead directly to problems with security research, as well as the issues over DeCSS/DVD John.) See What colour are your bits? For additional insight into the problems with DRM and copy protection on computer systems.
The fight against SOPA became highly publicized by a cyber protest held by a number of websites including Google, Craigslist, Reddit, Wikipedia, Tumblr among others on Jan. 18, 2012. The protest influenced 70 legislators to switch their position on SOPA/PIPA to oppose the legislation overnight.
The DMCA broke new ground as far as copyright protection. Prior laws made it illegal to copy protected works. The DMCA added to this, making it illegal to try to circumvent copy protection mechanisms, as well as illegal to aid or supply equipment or software to do so.
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